2016 Strategic Directions: U.S. Water Report

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2016 Strategic Directions: U.S. Water Report

Aging water infrastructure, inadequate capital and the public’s perception of the cost of water for delivery, collection and treatment are creating a crisis for many providers across the United States, according to Black & Veatch’s 2016 Strategic Directions: Water Industry Report. - See more at: http://3blmedia.com/News/Black-Veatch-Aging-Water-Systems-Value-Perceptions-Strain-Industry#sthash.CReGfGhv.dpuf

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Headline Cases Bring Opportunities to Partner with Customers for Safer Water Systems
High-profile events impacting water supply and distribution networks in the U.S. have dramatically raised the awareness of operational challenges. At the same time, these events demonstrate an opportunity to change decades-long funding trends that have left many water systems struggling to adequately finance upgrades and repairs. Drought conditions in the Western and Southwestern U.S....
Sep 15, 2016 9:00 AM ET
Water and Wastewater Industry Can Address Funding Challenges through Public-Private Partnerships
As water and wastewater utilities are challenged to minimize rate increases while balancing limited budgets – complicated by deferred maintenance, chronic underinvestment, competing projects and compliance mandates – one solution to consider is the public-private partnership (PPP) model. “The PPP model can restructure and provide capital to help the utility manage its existing system...
Sep 7, 2016 10:00 AM ET
Resilience Planning Will Help Increase Awareness for Properly Valuing Water
For years, those working in the water industry have realized a truth that is now reaching a broader audience – water is woefully underpriced. There is a renewed focus on the price of water infrastructure, prompted in part, by declining consumption, according to Ann Bui, Managing Director for water services in Black & Veatch’s management consulting business. As efficient water...
Aug 25, 2016 9:00 AM ET
Water Utilities Show High Aspirations Toward Reducing Energy or Achieving Energy Neutrality
Water and wastewater utilities in the U.S. have high aspirations for energy reduction goals, or even moving toward energy neutral operations, but barriers are plentiful. Fortunately, approaches are being developed that can help system operators make significant progress in overcoming these obstacles. According to the 2016 Black & Veatch...
Aug 17, 2016 9:00 AM ET
Communicating With the Customer
Public trust in government and municipal services is a critical, though fragile, construct. Tax and usage fee-paying customers expect that their funds are being used to create and operate reliable, safe and secure water systems. Across much of the 2016 Strategic Directions: Water Industry Report, a common trend is that...
Jun 29, 2016 2:00 PM ET